Ivory Shoals

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Product Details

Price
$26.00  $23.92
Publisher
McSweeney's
Publish Date
Pages
250
Dimensions
6.22 X 8.82 X 0.87 inches | 1.19 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781952119170
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About the Author

John Brandon has published four previous books with McSweeney's--the novels Arkansas, Citrus County, and A Million Heavens, and the story collection Further Joy. Arkansas was adapted into a movie of the same name starring Liam Hemsworth, Vince Vaughn, and John Malkovich. Citrus County was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award and was reviewed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review.
Brandon has been awarded the Grisham Fellowship at Ole Miss and the Tickner Fellowship at Gilman School in Baltimore, and he has received a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship. His short fiction has appeared in ESPN the Magazine, Oxford American, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Mississippi Review, Subtropics, Chattahoochee Review, Hotel Amerika, and other publications, and he has written about college football for GQ.com and Grantland. He was born in Florida and now resides in Minnesota, where he teaches at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Reviews

"Cinematic and featuring a plot full of old-timey moral clarity where virtue and villainy delineate themselves sharply, Ivory Shoals is a gripping yarn that unfolds a tapestry of 'Humanity wicked as one could conceive, or as worthy.'"
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"(A)n invigorating jaunt... a clean, satisfying narrative"
--Publishers Weekly

"(A)n impressive addition to an already memorable bibliography."
--Vol 1 Brooklyn

"Exuberantly narrated coming-of-age adventure."
--Booklist

"I opened John Brandon's new novel and fell hard. An adventure full of pluck and wonder, far-flung and yet uniquely, specifically American. I hope I never recover."
--Daniel Handler, author of All The Dirty Parts, Bottle Grove, and Why We Broke Up

"John Brandon is a marvelous storyteller. With diamond-cut elegance and wit, Brandon's suspenseful tale depicts a young man's search for kinship in a beguiling and often terrifying world. Ivory Shoals is a book of grit, heart, and intricate beauty."
--Patrick Cottrell, author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace

"What a grand adventure, beautifully told, marbled with wickedness and small miracles, glowing with heart."
--Jack Pendarvis, author of Movie Stars and Your Body is Changing

"John Brandon writes with a simple-looking declarative thrust that rarely permits subordination, or what Ian Frazier calls 'riders, ' and riders make for fey yammering. Brandon tells you what his characters want, and you want it too. The effect of this strong forward telling is not entertainment, not story, but hypnosis. Brandon does not yammer. You won't put the book down, you won't want it to end."
--Padgett Powell, author of Edisto and The Interrogative Mood

"From shades of Homer and Twain, Cormac McCarthy and Charles Portis, John Brandon has conjured a poignant and heart-racing adventure story all his own. Twelve-year-old Gussie Dwyer's journey across the ruins of post-Civil War Florida feels at once as old as time and mysteriously modern, as we navigate our own wounded American wasteland."
--Brett Martin, GQ correspondent and author of Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution, From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad

"Ivory Shoals is a bracing mix of Florida history and fleet adventure, livened with dry wit and a tender regard for its characters. Take a walk across the state with Gussie -- you won't regret it."
--Tampa Bay Times

"Cinematic and featuring a plot full of old-timey moral clarity where virtue and villainy delineate themselves sharply, Ivory Shoals is a gripping yarn that unfolds a tapestry of 'Humanity wicked as one could conceive, or as worthy.'"
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"(A)n invigorating jaunt... a clean, satisfying narrative"
--Publishers Weekly

"A smart and emotionally engaging blast of brilliantly rendered historical fiction."
--Southeast Review

"(A)n impressive addition to an already memorable bibliography."
--Vol 1 Brooklyn

"Exuberantly narrated coming-of-age adventure."
--Booklist

"I opened John Brandon's new novel and fell hard. An adventure full of pluck and wonder, far-flung and yet uniquely, specifically American. I hope I never recover."
--Daniel Handler, author of All The Dirty Parts, Bottle Grove, and Why We Broke Up

"John Brandon is a marvelous storyteller. With diamond-cut elegance and wit, Brandon's suspenseful tale depicts a young man's search for kinship in a beguiling and often terrifying world. Ivory Shoals is a book of grit, heart, and intricate beauty."
--Patrick Cottrell, author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace

"What a grand adventure, beautifully told, marbled with wickedness and small miracles, glowing with heart."
--Jack Pendarvis, author of Movie Stars and Your Body is Changing

"John Brandon writes with a simple-looking declarative thrust that rarely permits subordination, or what Ian Frazier calls 'riders, ' and riders make for fey yammering. Brandon tells you what his characters want, and you want it too. The effect of this strong forward telling is not entertainment, not story, but hypnosis. Brandon does not yammer. You won't put the book down, you won't want it to end."
--Padgett Powell, author of Edisto and The Interrogative Mood

"From shades of Homer and Twain, Cormac McCarthy and Charles Portis, John Brandon has conjured a poignant and heart-racing adventure story all his own. Twelve-year-old Gussie Dwyer's journey across the ruins of post-Civil War Florida feels at once as old as time and mysteriously modern, as we navigate our own wounded American wasteland."
--Brett Martin, GQ correspondent and author of Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution, From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad